New Year’s weight loss resolution might put you at risk of falling for a scam

Many people are determined to lose weight in the new year. This makes them vulnerable to false claims about products that can be at best a waste of money and at worst dangerous.

There is no “secret ingredient”, “unprecedented formula” or “ancient remedy” that will help you lose weight quickly without changing your lifestyle. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says losing weight is not easy and requires commitment. People who lose weight gradually and steadily (about 1 to 2 pounds per week) are more successful at keeping it off.

The FTC and the FDA have reached out to companies making false weight loss claims about nutritional supplements, body wraps, skin patches, and other products. There are even ads online for magnetic rings (earrings, toe rings, etc.) that are supposed to help you lose weight. I haven’t seen any regulatory actions regarding them, but I’ve found reports from experts who say they don’t work.

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